Carnie Wilson

Carnie Wilson (born April 29, 1968)[1] is an American singer and television host, perhaps best known as a member of the pop music group Wilson Phillips.

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Wilson at the Arizona Ultimate Women's Expo in October 2014
BornApril 29, 1968 (age 50)
OccupationSinger, television host
Robert Bonfiglio (m. 2000)
Parent(s)Brian Wilson
Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford
RelativesWendy Wilson (sister)
Musical career
GenresPop, pop rock
Years active1989–present
Associated actsWilson Phillips

Early life and musical career

Carnie Wilson is the daughter of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and of his first wife, former singer Marilyn Rovell of The Honeys. She co-founded Wilson Phillips with her younger sister Wendy and childhood friend Chynna Phillips when they were in their teens. They released two albums, Wilson Phillips and Shadows and Light, which between them sold 12 million copies. The group also charted three No. 1 singles and six top 20 hits in the United States before disbanding in 1993.

Carnie & Wendy Wilson continued to record together, releasing the Christmas album Hey Santa! in 1993. They joined with their father for a critically successful (yet commercially unsuccessful) 1997 album, The Wilsons. She also sang "Our Time Has Come" with James Ingram for the 1997 animated film Cats Don't Dance.

In 2003, Carnie attempted to launch a solo music career with the album For the First Time. The album featured a remake of the Olivia DiNucci-penned Samantha Mumba ballad "Don't Need You To (Tell Me I'm Pretty)," retitled "I Don't Need You To," as its first single. However, the single failed to gain interest and the album was ultimately shelved when Carnie regrouped with Wendy and Chynna as Wilson Phillips in 2004.

Reunited, the band released a third album, named California, which appeared on Sony Music's record label. The album featured cover songs primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, and specifically highlights the musical glory days of their parents' California-based musical groups: The Mamas & the Papas and the Beach Boys.

In 2006, Carnie released an album of lullabies, A Mother's Gift: Lullabies from the Heart,[2] created shortly after the birth of her daughter, Lola. She released her second solo effort in October 2007, a Christmas album entitled Christmas with Carnie[3] featuring a song written by her husband; "Warm Lovin' Christmastime".

Television career

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Wilson performing with Wilson Phillips in 2013

From 1995–1996, Carnie hosted her own short-lived syndicated television talk show Carnie! The series was launched during the mid-1990s wave of popularity in "tabloid" talk shows, which followed the sudden successes of Ricki Lake and Jerry Springer. Former Cosmopolitan Magazine Bachelor-of-the-Month Chris Greeley was a guest on the television pilot. Wilson found the experience a disappointment and a source of professional and personal frustration.

She later guest-starred on episodes of That 70s Show in 2001 and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch before joining the fourth season (see below) of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club in 2006.

Wilson has also been a correspondent on Entertainment Tonight and in 2006 hosted a special on E! entitled 101 Celebrity Slimdowns. Wilson became a cast member of the CMT series Gone Country in January 2008. In April 2008, she was a cast member of the VH1 series Celebracadabra. In July 2008, she starred in a new show called Outsider's Inn.

She hosted GSN's new edition of The Newlywed Game, which premiered April 6, 2009, until late 2010 when she was replaced by Sherri Shepherd.[4]

In addition, a reality show starring Wilson, Carnie Wilson: Unstapled, began airing on Game Show Network on January 14, 2010.[5] In August 2011, Wilson became a judge on the ABC show Karaoke Battle USA.

On January 2, 2012, Wilson appeared on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap, trading places with actress Tracey Gold for a week.

In the spring of 2012, Carnie along with her sister Wendy Wilson and childhood best friend Chynna Phillips starred in their own reality show on the TV Guide Network about the rebirth of her band Wilson Phillips. The show, called Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, logged the journey of the girls getting back together to reform Wilson Phillips on the road, in the studio and at home as working mothers. A pilot episode aired in November 2011; seven additional episodes aired in April and May 2012.

She starred in the Chopped: All Stars: Celebrities episode and got second.

In 2013, Carnie became a member of "Team Rachael" on the second season of Food Network's Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. She came in second place to Dean McDermott and won $10,000 for her charity, an Autism research foundation.

She also frequently fills in as a guest host on CBS's The Talk. It has been rumored that she is in the top of the line as a replacement host if one of the current hosts were to depart.

In 2015, she played herself as an auto insurance claimant on a Progressive Insurance TV commercial.[6] On January 28, 2016, it was announced that she is going to be a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice (also known as The Apprentice 15 and Celebrity Apprentice 8).[7] On January 2, 2017, Wilson was the second contestant fired, finishing in 15th place, earning no money for her charity, The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America.

In July 2016, Wilson Phillips reunited and performed on ABC's Greatest Hits.[8]

In February 2017, Wilson made a guest appearance on the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Personal life

Marriage & family

Wilson married musician and music producer Robert Bonfiglio in 2000. They have two daughters born in 2005 and 2009.[9]

Her uncles were Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson. She is cousin to Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love, and his brother, former NBA player Stan Love, as well as Stan's son, Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love.


Wilson has had a lifelong battle fighting obesity. During her Wilson Phillips fame, she reached a lifetime weight peak of almost 300 pounds (140 kg).[10] She was lampooned for her weight by comedians.[11] Dieting was unsuccessful; she lost some weight only to regain it later. In August 1999, she underwent gastric bypass surgery, which she felt was a life-saving decision. The procedure was broadcast live on the Internet.[12][13] As a result, she went from a size 28 to a size 6 and lost 150 pounds. In 2003, Wilson posed nude for Playboy. Carnie later toured TV talk shows, and hosted her own infomercial to publicize her satisfaction with the procedure. However, she eventually gained back some weight, and ended up as a contestant on the fourth season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club in 2006. Over the course of the show, Wilson lost 22 pounds, which she eventually gained back.[14] In May 2008, Wilson was widely ridiculed for her weight gain,[15] and vowed to get back in Playboy shape, and hopefully pose nude for them again.[16]

In March 2012, Wilson reported that she had received lap-band surgery earlier that year.[17]

Bell's palsy diagnosis

On March 18, 2013, Wilson disclosed, through Twitter, that she had been diagnosed with Bell's palsy.[18]

Love Bites by Carnie

On August 26, 2017, Carnie and her business partner, childhood friend Tiffany Miller, opened Love Bites by Carnie, a commercial production bakery and accompanying storefront cafe, in Sherwood, Oregon, a suburb of Portland, Oregon.[19]


  1. ^ "On This Day". The New York Times. April 29, 2001. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  2. ^ A Mother's Gift: Lullabies from the Heart Carnie Wilson, Review by Rob Theakston
  3. ^ Christmas with Carnie Carnie Wilson
  4. ^ Burning Stubborn Fat Stores With NutriPlan! CC9 News, March 3, 2016
  5. ^ Official GSN Site for CARNIE WILSON: UNSTAPLED
  6. ^ "Progressive Insurance Commercial "Carnie" - AdWhois".
  7. ^ "Celebrity Apprentice Season 15 Cast Revealed: Snooki, Kyle Richards, Boy George and More!". US Weekly.
  8. ^ "Watch Greatest Hits TV Show -". ABC.
  9. ^ "Entertainment News, Celebrity News, Celebrity Gossip - E! News". E! Online.
  10. ^ "Suddenly Skinny", October 24, 2006, Oprah, Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  11. ^ "Carnie Wilson's Waterloo".
  12. ^ David Kohn (2003) Lap Band for (Ann) Wilson, July 19, 2003, 48 Hours Investigates, Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  13. ^ Carnie Wilson Archived January 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Celebrity Gastric Bypass, Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  14. ^ "Carnie Wilson's Big Comeback," March 11, 2008.
  15. ^ "Carnie Wilson: From Playboy to Oh, Boy," May 22, 2008.
  16. ^ "Carnie Wilson Blasts 'Fat Pics,'" May 23, 2008.
  17. ^ "Carnie Wilson Undergoes a Second Weight-Loss Surgery". March 21, 2012.
  18. ^ This revelation was published in the Huffington Post.
  19. ^ Pitz, Ray. "Love Bites by Carnie to host Aug. 26 opening with appearance by Wilson Phillips".

External links


Carnie! (also spelled without an exclamation mark as Carnie and also referred as The Carnie Wilson Show) is an American daytime talk show hosted by Carnie Wilson that aired for one season from 1995 until 1996. The program was a production of Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions, and was distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

Carnie! premiered on September 6, 1995 and was one of several talk shows with first time hosts that premiered that fall. Although Wilson drew higher ratings than all of the newcomers, like them the show did not do well enough to last and Carnie! was cancelled at midseason. New episodes aired until February 23, 1996, with reruns following until June 7. In most of its markets, Carnie! was replaced by The Rosie O'Donnell Show.Former Cosmopolitan Bachelor-of-the-Month Chris Greeley was a guest on the television pilot.

Carny (disambiguation)

A carny is a carnival employee.

Carny, Carnie, or Carnies may also refer to:

Carnies (film), a 2010 horror film

Carny (1980 film), a film starring Jodie Foster

Carny (2009 film), a television film starring Lou Diamond Phillips

"The Carny", a song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

"Carnies", the fifth track on Canadian rock trio Rush's 2012 album, Clockwork AngelsPeople with the given name Carnie:

Carnie Wilson (born 1968), American singer and television host

Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886-1962), British authorPeople with the surname Carnie:

Andrew Carnie (born 1969), Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona

Dave Carnie (born 1969), former editor-in-chief of Big Brother Magazine

Christmas Queens 2

The sequel to Christmas Queens, Christmas Queens 2, was announced by RuPaul's Drag Race BOTS on October 18, 2016. The lineup was officially announced via Instagram on October 27. It includes returning queens and several new additions, including Thorgy Thor from season 8, Michelle Visage and Carnie Wilson. It was released on November 11.

Christmas in Harmony

Christmas in Harmony is the fourth studio album by American pop group Wilson Phillips. A Christmas album, it is their first in six years, after their 2004 covers album California. The album sees them reunite with Glen Ballard, who also produced their first two albums.

It is the first Christmas album of the group, although the Wilson sisters released a Christmas album in 1993, titled Hey Santa!, and Carnie Wilson released a solo Christmas album titled Christmas with Carnie in 2007. It includes a mixture of traditional Christmas carols, covers of Christmas themed songs and new compositions. The song "Warm Lovin' Christmastime" was written by Carnie's husband, Rob Bonfiglio, and was originally included on Carnie's solo Christmas album.

The first single released was "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day", and the group filmed a video for it.

Christmas with Carnie

Christmas with Carnie is a Christmas album by American pop singer Carnie Wilson, released in 2007. The album contains one new song, "Warm Lovin' Christmastime", a duet between Wilson and her husband Rob Bonfiglio, who wrote the song.

Fame (2003 TV series)

Fame is a reality television competition series that ran on NBC in the summer of 2003. The show was essentially NBC's attempt to duplicate the success of mega-hit American Idol, right down to their selection of judges. Former pop star Carnie Wilson was similar in her judgements to American Idol's Paula Abdul, Johnny Wright, the veteran music producer, was the show's analogue of Randy Jackson, and JoJo Wright was, like Simon Cowell, the judge who says things to stir people up. The show retained the original Fame theme music (with a new vocal), as well as producer Debbie Allen. Former boy band member Joey Fatone was the official host of the show, but Allen also made frequent appearances.

The show was based on the Italian show Saranno Famosi (which is the Italian for Fame), where young talented dancers, singers and actors attended a school to become real superstars. The main goal of the show was to make all the challengers able to dance, sing and act and so to be complete. It still airs in Italy.

Gone Country (TV series)

Gone Country is an American celebrity reality television show in which contestants compete to become a country music singer. The winner gets a country single produced by John Rich. It aired on CMT, with reruns on TV Land, and VH1. On the first season finale, Julio Iglesias Jr. was named the winner.

Gone Country uproots these seven musical celebrities and moves them into a Nashville mansion together to embark on a two-week adventure, hosted by singer-songwriter John Rich. Each celebrity will be paired up with some of Nashville's finest songwriters in an attempt to prepare them for a career in country music. In each episode, the cast competes against each other in challenges that will test them musically and physically to adapt to a country music lifestyle, both on and off the stage. At the end of the two weeks, the artist who is most prepared to impress a country audience, as determined by Rich, will record and release a song.

Greatest Hits (Wilson Phillips album)

Greatest Hits is a compilation album released by female music trio Wilson Phillips. It is the group's first official Greatest Hits album (some budget compilations had been released previously). The group broke up in 1993, and did not reunite for this release. The liner notes features track-by-track commentaries by Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson.

The compilation includes all eight singles of their first two albums, as well as the 1991 non-album Elton John cover of "Daniel" which, although not released as a single, peaked at number seven in the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Most of the songs are included with the Radio edit versions, which hadn't been included yet on a Wilson Phillips album.

The compilation also includes solo material from the trio after they broke up, Chynna Phillips' single "Naked and Sacred", from her 1995 debut album of the same name, and two songs from The Wilsons 1997 album, featuring Carnie and Wendy. The album is completed with some rare B-side only live songs, as well as a 1991 interview with the group which was included as the b-side of their single "You're in Love".

Hey Santa!

Hey Santa! is a Christmas album recorded by Carnie & Wendy Wilson (SBK K2-27113). It was released in October 1993, and entered the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart on Christmas Day, 1993. The album was the first album recorded by the Wilson sisters after the group Wilson Phillips went on hiatus.

The album was not a commercial success, peaking at #116 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, and reaching #25 on the Top Holiday Albums chart. The track listing for the album consists of eleven Christmas standards, plus the original title track, "Hey Santa!", written by the Wilson sisters and Jack Kugell.

The title track is about a man returning home to his love on Christmas, after his love wished that Santa would "bring [her] baby home tonight." SBK Records released one single to radio and retail. "Hey Santa!", backed with their cover version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", was issued on cassette single and on a green vinyl 45 rpm, SBK S7-17648-A, and reached #22 on the Billboard Top Adult Contemporary chart. It also reached #1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart, often shown as #101 on the Hot 100 in Billboard reference books. Despite being a commercial failure, the single still receives recurrent airplay during the Christmas holiday season. Carl Wilson, Carnie and Wendy's uncle and a Beach Boys founding member, features prominently in the backing vocal.

The album also features a Wilson family recording from 1976 of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" that features the Beach Boys on backing vocals and a wide range of Beach Boys band members' children, including Matthew and Adam Jardine, Hailey and Christian Love, and Jonah and Justyn Wilson.

Hey Santa! was later reissued with the same content and a two-page booklet without lyrics in 1999 with the catalog number 98289 by EMI/Capitol Special Markets on both CD and cassette. As of November 2007, this version of Hey Santa! is still available.

As of June 27, 2012, Hey Santa! has sold 138,747 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

Other Christmas albums have followed a decade later. In 2007, Carnie Wilson released a solo Christmas album, Christmas with Carnie, that features new versions of many of the same songs. Then, in 2010, Wilson Phillips, back together in the music business as a group, released Christmas in Harmony, which also features new versions of a few songs used before.

Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford

Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford (née Rovell; born February 6, 1947) is an American singer best known as the first wife of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, and as the mother of singers Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips. In the 1960s, she founded the Honeys, and after their dissolution in 1969, she founded American Spring with her sister Diane Rovell.

Randy West

Randy West (born September 29, 1953 in New York City) is an American television personality, best known for his work on game shows. He has been an announcer on American television game shows since 1990, with credits including Supermarket Sweep (2000-03), Trivial Pursuit, Hollywood Showdown, and filling in on The Price Is Right.

West's voice has also been heard on talk shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Chuck Woolery Show, comedy programs such as The Andy Dick Show, award shows including the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, sitcoms such as It's Garry Shandling's Show, as narrator on informational programs including the Court TV series Hollywood and Crime, and specials including Game Show Moments Gone Bananas known as "Mr. Game Show" and several episodes of The Price Is Right $1,000,000 Spectacular prime time specials.

West was mentored through the early years of his broadcasting career by the legendary television game show announcer Johnny Olson after they met in 1971 on the set of the syndicated version of What's My Line?, when West was 18 years old. Following Johnny's death in 1985, the Olson family entrusted Randy with the many mementos, photos, clippings, awards and scripts that Johnny had saved during his 50+ year career in broadcasting. An extensive tribute to Johnny Olson is included at West's personal web site, as is a separate tribute to Rod Roddy, who died in 2003. West has since authored a biography of Olson, entitled Johnny Olson: A Voice in Time.Before West found success in game shows, he worked extensively as a disc jockey in local radio and appeared as a contestant on several shows, including the syndicated version of What's My Line?, To Tell the Truth, Press Your Luck (on which he retired as champion after 3 days with a total of $25,742, exceeding CBS' winnings limit, which was $25,000 at the time) All Star Blitz, Sweethearts, and Face the Music. West was also the last champion on Hit Man, although he did not win the $10,000 top prize.

West has served as the announcer for the second and third seasons of The Newlywed Game with Carnie Wilson. His voice is also featured as the 1990s announcer on The Price is Right Decades video game produced by Ludia for Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 and other platforms. In 2016, West voiced several diverse off-camera roles for Power of Veto challenges on CBS' Big Brother.

Shadows and Light (Wilson Phillips album)

Shadows and Light is the second album by American vocal group Wilson Phillips, released in 1992.

The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester

"The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester" is the tenth episode of the sixth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the 118th overall. The episode was written by Jessica Meyer, directed by Anthony Hemingway, and first aired on March 6, 2015 on Fox in the United States.

The episode takes place as a tragedy to Dalton Academy causes rival groups New Directions and the Warblers to unite, and the lies surrounding Sue Sylvester come to a climactic head that results in her being fired and exposed on television, and yet she somehow recovers. The episode featured special guest star Carol Burnett as Doris Sylvester, and special appearances by Geraldo Rivera as himself, Michael Bolton as himself, and Carnie Wilson as herself.

The Wilsons

The Wilsons is an album by a short-lived music group of the same name, consisting of Carnie Wilson and her sister Wendy Wilson, in collaboration with their father Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.

Tommy Girvin

Tommy Girvin is a guitarist who is most famous for playing with Eddie Money, with whom he has been playing since 1986.

Prior to Eddie Money, he played in a band from southern California called Smile, which reportedly had considerable success. He also holds the logo graphics credit for Heart's 1980 album Bebe le Strange.He reportedly gave Warrant guitarist Joey Allen guitar lessons. He is given special thanks in the liner notes of the Warrant album Cherry Pie. It is implied, but not explicitly stated, that he may have played as an uncredited guest guitarist on the album.

Wendy Wilson

Wendy Wilson (born October 16, 1969) is an American singer and television personality and member of the pop singing trio Wilson Phillips. She is the daughter of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and his first wife Marilyn, who was a member of girl group The Honeys, and she is the younger sister of Carnie Wilson.

Wilson was born in Los Angeles. She co-founded Wilson Phillips with Carnie and childhood friend Chynna Phillips when they were in their teens. Wilson Phillips released two albums in 1990 and 1992 before splitting up. Wendy and Carnie released a Christmas album together in 1993, and an album called The Wilsons in 1997, with their formerly estranged father, Brian.

In 2004, Wendy reunited with Carnie and Phillips for a third Wilson Phillips album entitled California. In 2012, the reunited Wilson Phillips released the album, Dedicated, which comprised covers of songs by The Beach Boys and The Mamas & the Papas. In June 2012, Wendy joined her sister Carnie and other members of The Beach Boys' families to form the vocal group, California Saga, which performed at the intermission during the homecoming Hollywood Bowl show of The Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour.

Wilson Phillips

Wilson Phillips is an American vocal group consisting of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips, the daughters, respectively, of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.

Their 1990 eponymous debut album sold over 10 million copies worldwide and placed three number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, making the trio the best-selling female group at the time. In 1990, the group won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for "Hold On," and in addition was nominated for five Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards.

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